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"I still think that rock music is the only music that can still get you to that eternal place where you want to start a revolution, call your mother, change your job or change your mind." — Bono



U2''S INTIMATE GIG: ''WE''RE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD''

- February 08, 2001

by Sky.com staff

U2 filled out their application form for the position of best band in the world in front of 1,500 fans Ė their most intimate show for nearly 18 years.

The Irish superstars ditched grand gestures and stadia to play a warm-up at Londonís Astoria nightclub in preparation for a world tour later this year.

Singer Bono told the crowd: "We're back, we're applying for the job. You know the job we're talking about. This is our night and the job is best band in the world."

Beautiful Day

The audience, which included celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Salman Rushdie, Chris Evans and Bob Geldof, were treated to an 80-minute set which plundered the bandís entire career.

The gig started with End of the World and included a number of recent songs including Beautiful Day, Elevation and New York.

The band also performed Desire, She Moves In Mysterious Ways, Discotheque and their latest single Stuck In A Moment (You Can't Get Out Of).

Card-carrying genius

At one point Bono introduced the members of the band, an act which he has tried to avoid doing throughout the bandís career.

He said: "I'd like to introduce the family. It's a pretty old school thing to do and I've only ever done it once before."

The singer commented on drummer Larry Mullen: "Someone this handsome will never sing in this band", labelled guitarist The Edge "the card carrying genius" and said of bassist Adam Clayton: "I sat beside him at school and he got away with doing nothing to just perfect manners."

© 2001, Sky News.

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